Mytilus (genus)

Mytilus
Temporal range: Jurassic–Recent
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Mytilus edulis in the intertidal zone in Cornwall, England
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Linnaeus, 1798
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Mytilus mussel in California, showing the byssus threads

Mytilus is a common genus of medium to large-sized marine mussels. They are bivalve molluscs of the family Mytilidae.[1] Mussels are edible, and are used in various stews and soups. In life, they are attached to the substrate (rocks etc) by byssus threads.

Species

Species within the genus Mytilus include:

Human use

Mytilus mussels are widely used as food. In California they were eaten by coastal Native American people for almost 12,000 years.[2]

References

  1. Powell A.W.B. 1979. New Zealand Mollusca, Collins, Auckland. Template:Catalog lookup linkScript error: No such module "check isxn".
  2. Erlandson, Jon M. et al 2008. Human impacts on ancient shellfish: a 10,000 year record from San Miguel Island, California. Journal of Archaeological Science. 35:2144-2152.